Foreshadowing, symbolism, and image are all elements which compose style. All are very important; foreshadowing adds suspense, and symbolism contributes to interpretation. Image contributes "visual aids" which, also, aid interpretation. In this classic short story, "The Scarlet Ibis," by James Hurst, foreshadowing, symbolism, and image combine to create a true literary masterpiece.
Foreshadowing is one of the elements of style which make "The Scarlet Ibis" great. For example, the author states, "The last graveyard flowers were blooming, and their smell drifted [through] our house, speaking softly the names of our dead." This passage clearly foreshadows the death of Doodle. Also, Hurst comments on Doodle's full name, "William Armstrong," that "such a name sounds good only on a tombstone," again foreshadowing Doodle's death. Later, Doodle's cries of "Don't leave me! Don't leave me!" are a parallel to the moment when the terrified little boy once again cries out, "Don't leave me!" when his older brother does actually leave him. Moreover, Aunt Nicey says...
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...n image of desolate grief that the lone brother feels for his lifeless sibling. Image is truly the most important element in the style of this story.
In "The Scarlet Ibis," foreshadowing, symbolism, and image are demonstrated to their full potential. The frequent foreshadowing hints darkly at Doodle's death, and the unmistakable symbol of the scarlet ibis for Doodle heightens the effect of the image created when the brother huddles over his "fallen scarlet ibis." Foreshadowing, symbolism, and image really contribute to this story's unique style.
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- The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst Foreshadowing, symbolism, and image are all elements which compose style. All are very important; foreshadowing adds suspense, and symbolism contributes to interpretation. Image contributes "visual aids" which, also, aid interpretation. In this classic short story, "The Scarlet Ibis," by James Hurst, foreshadowing, symbolism, and image combine to create a true literary masterpiece. Foreshadowing is one of the elements of style which make "The Scarlet Ibis" great. For example, the author states, "The last graveyard flowers were blooming, and their smell drifted [through] our house, speaking softly the names of our dead." This passage clearly foreshadow... [tags: James Hurst Scarlet Ibis]
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